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SOCCER SHORTS

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ENGLAND

S Korea’s Yun signs for QPR

South Korea international defender Yun Suk-young has signed a three-and-a-half year deal with Queens Park Rangers, the Premier League club said on Wednesday. The 22-year-old has joined the struggling west Londoners, who are four points adrift at the bottom of the table, from South Korean side Chunnam Dragons for an undisclosed fee. Yun was part of the South Korea side that won bronze at the London Olympics last year and he made his full international debut in a World Cup qualifier in October last year. QPR said on their Web site that Yun had been granted a work permit and would be eligible to play once he had obtained a visa.

UNITED STATES

Cornelius frustrates Mexico

Teenager Andrea Cornelius slotted a late penalty for Denmark to leave Mexico frustrated with a 1-1 draw from their friendly in Glendale, Arizona, on Wednesday. Cornelius, who scored a hat-trick in Denmark’s 4-0 win over Canada on Saturday, calmly took the spot-kick after being fouled by Jorge Torres Nilo in the 83rd minute at University of Phoenix Stadium. The 19-year-old’s goal canceled out Marco Fabian’s 68th-minute penalty following a scoreless first half in Mexico’s final warm-up before their World Cup qualifier against Jamaica on Wednesday next week. Javier Acquino drew the foul that set up Fabian’s spot-kick, but there was little else to cheer for the partisan crowd, with goalkeeper Jesper Hansen making five saves to help Denmark secure the tie.

FRANCE

Marseille set up PSG clash

Olympique de Marseille set up a Coupe de France round-of-16 clash with archrivals Paris Saint-Germain when a controversial goal by new signing Modou Sougou gave them a 2-1 win at third-tier Rouen on Wednesday. Rouen goalkeeper Theo Defourny mishandled Sogou’s long-range strike in the 59th minute, but appeared to secure the ball before it crossed the line. However, referee Said Ennjimi awarded the goal. Senegalese striker Sogou joined Marseille last month from CFR Cluj. Marseille had gone ahead three minutes before the break thanks to Mathieu Valbuena’s low shot. Rouen reduced the arrears in the 67th minute when Regis Dugimont beat Steve Mandanda from close range. The game, scheduled for last week, was postponed after a non-toxic gas leak in the Rouen area prompted the French soccer federation to change its plans. The round-of-16 games will be played on Feb. 26 and Feb. 27.

JAPAN

United’s Kagawa recalled

Manchester United midfielder Shinji Kagawa was recalled to the Japan squad for next Wednesday’s home friendly against Latvia after returning to form and fitness. Kagawa missed Japan’s previous match, their narrow 2-1 World Cup qualifying win away to Oman in November last year, because of a knee problem picked up while playing for United. He returned to action at the end of December and has shown improved form as United have pushed seven points clear of Manchester City at the top of the Premier League. “In the recent games that I watched Kagawa in the Premier League, I get the impression he is really starting to fit in,” Japan coach Alberto Zaccheroni said. Zaccheroni’s 23-man squad for the friendly in Kobe, Kagawa’s hometown, also includes VVV-Venlo striker Yuki Ostu for the first time. Zaccheroni’s side play another friendly against Canada in Doha next month, before they take on Jordan in World Cup qualifying as they close in on a berth in Brazil.

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